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Holiday Writes

Edited by Betty Dobson

      It might be assumed that Holiday Writes is all about Christmas. Or at least, all about holidays in general. It really is a celebration of the years and days within any given year. Yes, it starts with the New Year and progresses through spring to the season of memorials and flags. It lingers on Thanksgiving, and Christmas, certainly, but also includes something on the solstices and Hanukah.

My favorite is by the editor herself. It is titled "A Bunch of Rocks: The Environmental Gutting of Malta." In it Betty Dobson decries the desecration of our days, our times, our history. Though it is written in prose, the music of Betty Dobson's words hang on as if they were poetry. The beauty of the place is palpable and, sadly, the possibilities for the future of holidays is not encouraging.

There are other encouraging pieces. It is a nicely-balanced collection which includes pieces by emerging authors and some by more well-known authors like Roy A. Barnes, Kristin Johnson and Susan Stephenson. It's a lovely little book. I would have liked it to have been fatter. That it is not may be a testament to how difficult it is for an editor to maintain quality and keep to a theme.

Oh, another favorite selection is from Linda J. Hutchinson. It's about Thanksgiving. You know, the family slackers and a father with "a proclivity for saying 'I do.'" You can see that you won't necessarily get the usual fare in this little compendium. You'll get some unusual viewpoints. Some unique voices. Really, you should give one to yourself.

The Book

Inkspotters Publishing, Inc.
Fiction / Essay / Poetry Collectio
More at Publisher site
NOTE: Holiday read - various holidays

The Reviewer

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, and a chapbook of poetry titled Tracings, winner of the Military Writers Society of America's Award of Excellence and named Top Ten Best Reads by the Compulsive Reader. She is also the author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books including The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't, the 2004 winner of USA Book News' Best Professional Book of the Year and Irwin awards.
© 2008